After testing virtually all the different brands of straw pellets on the market for their suitability for mushroom growing, these straw pellets are by far the best. They have excellent rehydration and moisture holding properties, taking around an hour to obtain full absorption. Made from 100% wheat straw from British farms.
Rehydration Guidelines: 2.2 times the pellets weight in water, e.g. 500g pellets to 1100 ml of water.
Spawning or Inoculation Rate: 250g to 500g of sawdust spawn per 1kg of dry pellets (the more spawn used, the quicker colonisation will be and there will be less chance of contamination).
Inoculation: The most effective way to inoculate the pellets is to evenly distribute and mix the spawn with the dry pellets, transfer to the container and then re-hydrate as follows: slowly pour 1/2 of the required water, allow to stand for 60 minutes, then slowly pour the rest of the water. The advantage of this ‘no-mix’ method is that the mycelium will get a head start on any germinating mold spores leading to less chance of contamination.